Pathways to Success: Oklahoma colleges, universities offer summer workshops for high school students

Gregg Garn: Summer workshops and academies offer opportunities for middle school and high school students seeking to explore interests and expand their academic resumes.
By Gregg Garn Modified: May 11, 2013 at 3:18 am •  Published: May 12, 2013
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Is your middle school or high school student looking for something fun to do this summer? Parents can encourage students in their pursuit of education after high school by enrolling them in one of the free summer workshops and academies offered for 8th-12th graders at colleges and universities across the state, in which students explore areas of interest and potential future career possibilities.

While swimming and snow-cone stands are a lot of fun, middle school and high school students can take advantage of opportunities to explore interests and develop skills by engaging in college campus experience. Spending time engaged in on-campus learning academies and workshops provides students with authentic college experiences that can influence choices about pursuing education after high school and possible careers. For example:

Is your student interested in science detective work? Check out Cameron University's Science Detective Summer Academy, hosted on campus May 28-June 3 for 8th- through 10th-grade students, www.cameron.edu.

Students fascinated by aviation and aeronautics can learn more about Southeastern Oklahoma State's Aviation and Science camp “Take Flight” offered June 18-22 for 8th- and 9th-graders at www.se.edu.

The University of Oklahoma Pre-Collegiate Programs offers “Design and the Built Environment: Collaborate, Create, Construct,” a weeklong on-campus camp for 9th- and 10th-graders, June 16-21, www.ou.edu.

Does your student have a green thumb? Oklahoma State University offers Camp TURF (Tomorrow's Undergraduates Realizing the Future), a two-week residential academy in which students explore potentials for careers outdoors, such as horticulture and landscape architecture and management, www.osu.edu.

Math whizzes should investigate East Central University's “Coding Theory, Competitive Strategies, Risk Analysis and Other Mathematical Pursuits,” a summer academy for 10th-12th graders.

For medically minded 8th- and 9th-graders, perhaps Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College's “Exceptional Direction United in Culture, Academics, Technology, and Excitement in Medical Education” (E.D.U.C.A.T.E. M.E.), a June 25-29 workshop, would be of interest, www.nwosu.edu.

This summer, more than 20 Oklahoma colleges and universities will host free summer activities for students, providing more than 30 opportunities to experience learning and interacting with other students in a college setting. Encourage your student to beat summertime boredom by enrolling in and attending a workshop that provides an opportunity to increase academic resumes at one of the many on-campus activities taking place across the state. Find out more information regarding specific camps and workshops by visiting college and university websites, or visit www.OKCollegeStart.org to learn more about summer opportunities in Oklahoma.